bonanza [bəˈnænzə] n1. a source, usually sudden and unexpected, of luck or wealth.
I’m one of those people who never wins things. Raffles? Stopped bothering buying tickets. Contests? Not since the seventh grade poetry contest. Giveaways? Please.
Until now! This past September, by a wild act of God, I won the September Sponsor Giveaway on one of my favorite blogs, Lil Blue Boo. I was shocked – – floored – – when I heard the news.
Over the past month, various gifties have been arriving on our doorstep – – it’s like Christmas and my birthday and Publishers Clearing House all rolled into one.
One of the most delightful boxes to open was from the Fabric Fairy (yes, she’s real) – – and the box is called, THE BONANZA BOX! I was initially really just drawn to the word “bonanza” when I placed my order online; it conjures up images of exploding confetti, circus performers, Michael Landon riding into the sunset. But the concept behind it is really quite nifty. Essentially, it’s a flat rate box stuffed full with a variety of high quality knit fabrics, size 0-18 inches; you can specify a theme for the box (such as girly, stripes, toddler)…but the rest is a surprise.
Opening up my Bonanza Box upon its arrival was like opening up Mary Poppins’ carpet bag: the fabric just kept pouring out. I was also impressed with the variety of the textiles that came with my “girly” box. I ended up with a beautiful stack of 18 different pieces.
I’ll highlight some of my favorites:
With the remainder of my gift certificate, I purchased 1.5 yards of the knit below. I don’t have any plans for it yet, but was just drawn to the graphic and colors. It’s even more brilliant in person if you can imagine.
I highly recommend you experience the Bonanza Box if only for the sheer delight that comes with opening up a package with surprises inside…from a fairy.
Now, back to reality. What am I going to do with all of these knits? As a beginner sewist, knits honestly intimidate me. I know they require different techniques, different hems, different needles…right?
I recently posted a question on the blog, Siestas & Sewing, asking Cindy if she had any tips or suggestions for approaching a project with knits for the first time. I was so touched when she wrote me an extensive response via email with some great suggestions and a few projects that might be good starter ones. (Thanks again, Cindy!)
But I’ll throw my questions out there again to any of you sewists reading along:
- What tips do you have for working with knits?
- What projects would be good for smaller cuts of knit fabric?
And to close, just because I couldn’t resist….
P.S. I was not compensated in any way for writing this post. I’m just THIS enthusiastic about my bonanza box, for reals, yo.